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No injuries from vehicle collision with bear in Saskatchewan

Lakeland and District Fire Department were called to collision between a vehicle and a bear on Wednesday.
Lakeland and District Fire Department were called to collision between a vehicle and a bear on Wednesday. Lakeland and District Fire Department / Facebook

A vehicle was in a collision with a bear north of Prince Albert, Sask., on Wednesday.

Lakeland and District Fire Department said on social media they were called to the wildlife collision 10 kilometres west of Christopher Lake on Highway 263 around 2:40 a.m.

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No one in the vehicle was hurt as a result of the collision.

The fire department said the animal was male and their crews removed it from the road.

The vehicle was not drivable and was towed from the scene, read the post on Facebook.

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According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), there were 278 wildlife collisions in the Prince Albert area last year, the highest annual total from 2010-19.

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No people died in the collisions over this period but there were 91 injuries, SGI said.

Across the entire province, the Crown corporation said there were 17,067 wildlife collisions in 2019 which resulted in roughly $97 million in damage to vehicles.

SGI said about 75 per cent of wildlife claims are for collisions with deer.

Christopher Lake is approximately 175 kilometres north of Saskatoon.